This Christmas the Morrison Government needs to fully fund services that keep women and children fleeing abuse safe
Women’s Agenda by Senator Jenny McAllister
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Australians love celebrating Christmas. Many look forward to putting up the tree, wrapping gifts, hosting BBQs with family and friends, and days at the beach or by the pool.
Sadly, the joy of Christmas and New Year is not shared by all. For many women and children, it is a time of great fear and anxiety. This fear is not unfounded – we know seasonal changes and public holidays like Christmas and New Year are linked to higher rates of family, domestic and sexual violence. This is not the Christmas anyone should expect or deserves.
While there is no single explanation, researchers believe factors like increased contact between victims and perpetrators, financial stress and alcohol all play a role. As Hayley Foster, CEO of Women’s Safety NSW says:
“As we have come out of COVID restrictions we have actually seen another increase in the severity and complexity of cases, with many pointing to financial stress, loss of employment and alcohol misuse as exacerbating factors. We know we always see an escalation of violence and abuse over the Christmas/ New Year period, but this year is expected to be much worse.”